Poetry Festival Santa Cruz

February 12, 2012, Daniel Yaryan and Sparring With Beatnik Ghosts presented the first Poetry Festival Santa Cruz in 30 years, held at the Cocoanut Grove. I read “It was easier to manage,” from Hurrah’s Nest, with the Quiet Lightning reading series–I was a part of a wonderful lineup of writers.


 SB Stokes read with Quiet Lightning as well. . .check him out!


Mainly because I have been listening to Nicki Minaj, watching Wanda Coleman’s reading, I felt that the rapper and poet have a similar dramatic and passionate delivery. It was my first time seeing Coleman and I was definitely moved. Coleman wasn’t there to see my reading, but while walking back in the drizzle to my hotel room, I ran up to her and gave her a copy of Post Pardon. I wonder what she thinks of those poems, me chasing after her in the night with a chapbook in hand. . . .


Check out more Quiet Lightning videos from the Poetry Festival Santa Cruz at: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2335177B52AC46FB.